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Good Short Stories, Bad Novella,
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This review is from: The Witch of Prague & Other Stories (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural) (Paperback)
The collection of supernatural tales that opens ths book are some of the best I've read, and I have read an unfeasibly large number of such stories. Atmospheric, creepy, downright chilling. But the novella which gives it its title is quite simply unreadable. If ruthlessly edited, it might have made a passable short story itself, but the melodramatic gothic tale goes on and on and on, padded out by relentless swathes of descriptive prose, philosophical treatises on life, love, romance, and a million other concepts, and bosom-heaving twaddle. Some intriguing characterisation is wasted, lost in a self-indulgent flood of verbiage. Buy it for the short stories, they are worth the money, but if you take my advice you won't even attempt the Witch.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2010 15:49:27 BDT
Mikey C says:
Nicely summed up! That's pretty much my opinion as well. But "Upper Berth", "The Screaming Skull" and "For the Blood is the Life" are in themselves worth more than the price of this volume. So if you don't own any of the countless anthologies in which they appear, don't let "the witch" deter you.
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